Ford is demanding that rival General Motors pull a Super Bowl commercial that implies the Chevrolet Silverado pickup is more dependable than the Ford F-Series. But GM stands by the ad and says it will run during Sunday's game.
In the ad, a driver in a Silverado navigates a post-apocalyptic scene. When he meets up with some friends, he notices one is missing. It turns out that friend was driving a Ford.
GM says R.L. Polk data shows Silverados remain on the road longer than other pickups. But Ford says it has the most pickups with 250,000 miles on them.
Ford may have the last laugh. The F-Series has been the best-selling truck in the U.S. for 35 years, and outsold the Silverado by nearly 70,000 trucks last year.
LA-based agency 72andSunny is hard at work on the next Carl's Jr. commercial. The ad will feature Sports Illustrated Rookie of the Year model Kate Upton. Of the selection of Kate, 72andSunny Creative Director Justin Hooper said, "Kate's probably the hottest girl we've ever worked with. We love each of the women we've worked with, but there's something about Kate that's so All-American, so beautiful and very classic."
And of her participation in the campaign, Upton said, "It's the Southwest Patty Melt, and it's one of their classics, but now they're adding a little spice. Adding some jalapeños and making it a little bit hotter. I'm a '50s girl with a little cardigan on, a really sweet kind of a girl. But then I take a bite and all of a sudden, I'm sweating, and I'm taking off all of my clothes and I'm in my lingerie!"
Hmm. Can't wait to see that. But we'll have to. The spot is lated to air in late February.
Toyota is out with an extended version of its Saatchi & Saatchi LA-created commercial for the Super Bowl. Called Reinvention, the ad takes a look at what things might be like if Toyota didn't stop reinventing after it reinvented the Camry.
From a reinvented couch made of bikini-clad hotties or male Chippendale types to a baby that doesn't poop and can time travel to a blender that plays Lionel Richie to curtains...made of pizza, the world would be a very different place if cars weren't the only thing Toyota reinvented.
Witty stuff. We like.
We all have "those nights" once in a while. The ones that were fun while they lasted but they don't quite fit properly into our everyday life. And we all wish we had someone we could call to clean up the mess before the significant other came home and found out what it was we weren't supposed to be doing last night.
In this three minute video, The Cleaner, from Axe, we get to see what happens after a guy has a little too much fun one night and is concerned he won't be able to clean up before his girlfriend comes home.
As we get closer to the Super Bowl, the daily onslaught of brands releasing teasers and sneak previews of their planned Super Bowl antics continues to increase. The latest comes to us from Bridgestone who will pit its "rulers of rubber" against sporting superstars.
An entire series of behind-the-scenes lead up videos have been produced and can be viewed on the brand's YouTube page. A Facebook page will serve as the brand's digital hub of the new campaign. Visitors will find 3D animated versions of "rubberized" performance balls, pucks and tire models with interactive product demonstrations. Additional celebrity videos will be released leading up to the Feb. 5 game, as well as extra online entertainment which will debut Super Bowl Sunday.
This week's Future of Engagement features David Spark who heads up Spark Media Solutions and contributor to Mashable. Spark kicks off the interview explaining why content creation is so important saying, "content is the currency for social media and search."
Spark also says brands can't "market and PR" their way into content creation and social media. He advises brands that are considering content creation to focus on topics of interest related to the brand in question as opposed to simply publishing product information.
If you're familiar with Joe Jaffe, author, former agency guy, Jaffe Juice blogger and Crayon founder, then you know the man is passionate and has a lot to say about whatever's on his mind. And he's got quite a lot to say about his new venture, Evol8tion, an "innovation agency" that aims to bring the agencies of Madison Avenue together with the early stage technology startups of Mountain View in order to orchestrate "brand soul mates."
What the hell does that mean? It mean that Joe firmly believes technology does and will play an important role in the future of advertising and that the fusion of creative ideas, story-telling and technology can make anything possible.
So chevrolet, much like Doritos, did the whole consumer-created commercial thing this year for the Super Bowl. Launched in September last year, the contest collected 198 entries which were narrowed to 33 in December. This week, Chevrolet announced the winner; Florham Park, NY resident Zach Borst. Borst will receive $25,000 and his commercial will air during the Super Bowl.
Borst, who looks like he's 30, went with the classic high school graduation scenario whereby parents buy a car for their recent grad. But in this case, it's not a new car that was gifted. It was a fridge for the "kid's" dorm room.
Anyway, it's amusing enough. If you can get over the fact these high school grads look like they're well past the quarter life.
- Michael Glass is out with a Pinterest collection of advertising agency office space. Very cool.
Cultural Strategies is launching "The Social Revolución", the first official SXSWi Latino Awards, Lounge & After Party in 2012. They are actively seeking sponsors and nominees.
- Really, really love the new Volkswagen Golf R? Well, there's an iPad app for that. From AKQA.
- Top Gear is celebrating there approach to 10 million fans on Facebook...by blowing up a caravan when they do.
After 14 years, Pricline has decided it's time for a new direction and in a spot that will debut Monday, Shatner's Negotiator character will plunge to his death in a bus after telling a couple to "save yourselves...some money!" Shatner, in the bus, then tumbles off a cliff and dies an explosive death. Shatner's Captain Kirk character died in the 1994 film Star Trek: Generations.
Of the decision, Shatner said, "I'm in grief mode. It's not the first time I've had an iconic character die off. It was a great run. If the management says this is the end, this is the end." Better to go out on top then be seen as a hanger on.
The move is part of a planned new direction for Priceline which will have less to do with the site's well known price negotiation feature and more to do with its newer fixed price, discount-booking focused approach. There may even be a spot in this year's Super Bowl.
Shatner will be missed but things change, companies change and that means their ad campaigns have to as well. Can we get a ceremonial "Khaaaaaaaaan!" ?